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Monday, January 23, 2012


HAPPY NEW YEAR  to my friends Peter and Mei from Hong Kong, who I am certain are now visiting and celebrating the Lunar New Year, the year of the DRAGON with their family and friends in China.  
While surfing I was lead to a great article written by Graham Smith of the  Daily Mail and with the article the most colorful pictures showing off the beauty of the New Year celebrated yesterday!
If you go to this article you will see some very colorful and striking pictures taken of this celebration in China yesterday.  
Here are some pictures, not from this latest article, I found which shows off the striking colors of the Chinese New Year celebrations, these are not from this years celebrations, but of interest to me for the colors alone.
The color red seems to be the dominant color, this is so bright and vivid, with golds and blues following along to make the striking contrasts.

Are these golds, pinks, blues and reds not striking?
Janet Wickell over at has an easy pattern and instructions for the construction of a Chinese Lantern.
I have seen in my surfing travels the 100 Good Wishes Quilts mentioned but never investigated, however, because I am now writing about the Chinese Lunar New Year, I thought you may enjoy the tradition behind the title of these quilts. 
There is a tradition in the Northern part of China that the idea of the 100 Good Wishes quilt idea originates from and if you visit with Sophie you can read of this tradition of these little squares means to all of the parents adopting or having already adopted children.  I find this a very interesting tradition. 
Over at Original Quilts you can visit and enjoy the 100 Good Wishes Quilts from the Gallery below the information.  There are also explanations of things like "why ladybugs are significant"!  The Tab marked "China" has beautiful pictures with a story attached during her travels.  Wonderful!  All of 100 Good Wishes quilts were made for others and if you click on the quilt picture it will enlarge and you can see the entire quilt and their colors.  Simply a marvelous site to explore. 
Many of these people have joined with internet groups of others who are collecting, sharing, trading and helping each other to complete these quilts.  
Springs Greeting Cards has a nice page explaining this Year of the Dragon and its importance to those born in the year of the Dragon and a very interesting read too.  
Please note, I am in no way affiliated with any of these site owners or business'.
Thank you for spending some of your time with me today and I wish you a very wonderful Year of the Dragon and I sincerely hope you enjoy todays  Lunar New Year post.

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving.  Make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!  ~Amanda Bradley 


  1. Happy New Year to you too. I love to see any mention of 100 Good Wishes Quilts. I have completed my son's OHGWQ except the binding but it is huge (116" x 130") so I am completing the bindings on the smaller quilts first, I am finishing up the top of a OHGWQ for a friend's daughter (I have 3 others to do) plus I need to get my daughter's OHGWQ made this year. They do have very special meaning to us but I think it is a wonderful thing to make for any baby.

  2. Michele: It is so very interesting to learn about Traditions and this is one that resonates with the children who are adopted. Being chosen by strangers with unconditional love is such a miracle, and to learn when these children see in deed and words from those in their immediate hemisphere how much they were wanted and needed then it validates their being taken into every circle of love.
    Thank you for offering your comments, and if your so inclined, why not share some of your WIP with all of us, I for one would love to see them.


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